James French from Sheboygan commented on his twitter feed on New Years Eve that 2019 had been the best year of his life. 2020 has been not too shabby as well so far.
The 27-year-old racer has turned a wheel in several different series, from Indy Lights to NASCAR Xfinity but his primary success has come in the GT and Prototype racing series, culminating with an awesome start to the Asian LeMans Series (AsLMS).
Two races into the four-race campaign as one of three drivers on the Russian-backed G-Drive Racing by Algarve has been perfect, posting wins at both the Nov. 24 opening event, the 4 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai, China and adding another top step finish at 4 Hours of the Bend at The Bend Motorsport Park at Tailem Bend, Australia Jan. 12.
On a truly international team that includes fellow drivers Roman Rusirov from Russia and Dutchman Leonard Hoogenboom, French enjoyed the taste of champagne in Australia as his team led 36 of 78 Laps on the 4.8 mile, 34-turn track, topping both the LMP2 and overall field, nearly 45 seconds in front of its closest follower.
Only three of the 18-cars in the event finished on the lead lap.
The trio share the lead in the drivers standings and have the G-Drive Racing by Algarve team atop the team standings as well. They will look to pad their margin when the series enters its penultimate round at Sepang Malaysia Feb. 14-15 and the short season wraps up on the Chang International Circuit, Buriram, Thailand a week later.